Those seeking to earn recognition for their professional development in Assessment are invited to complete all lessons of the Assessment Credential Curriculum, which includes videos, resources, homework assignments, and receiving feedback from your consultant. If haven't done so yet and you're interested in enrolling in the Assessment Credential Certificate, you can enroll today.

This certificate indicates that you understand foundations of assessment and have demonstrated the ability to develop quality assessments of your own. 

Review the following curriculum and complete all associated tasks in order to be eligible. Once complete, please email our staff at

Our staff will review your application and contact you to confirm your eligibility. If eligible, you will receive the certificate, signed by our Vice President of Campus Success, Annemieke Rice.

An Introduction from Your Faculty


  1. Overview of Assessment Credential
  2. Lesson 1: Assessment, Evaluation and Research Context, Definitions, Processes and Frameworks
    1. Recorded Lesson - Understanding Context and Terminology: Student Affairs Assessment, Evaluation and Research
    2. Assessment, Evaluation and Research Definitions Handout (pdf)
    3. The Scholarship of Student Affairs Assessment Reconsidered
    4. Bresciani, M. J. (2011, August). Making Assessment Meaningful: What New Student Affairs Professionals and Those New to Assessment Need to Know (NILOA Assessment Brief: Student Affairs). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.
    5. Ackermann, E. (2017). Assessment vs. research: What's the difference. Radford University. You Tube video.
  3. Lesson 2: Relationship of Assessment to Other Processes 
    1. Recorded Lesson - Student Affairs Assessment: The Relationship with Other Institutional Processes
    2. The Assessment Cycle
    3. Webinar: Program Review Made Simple
    4. Webinar: Strategic Planning in Student Affairs: Theory and Practice
    5. Higher Ed Live: Using the CAS Standards for Program Review
  4. Lesson 3: Politics, Ethics and Culture of Assessment
    1. Recorded Lesson  - Coming soon
    2. Webinar: Free the Data: Engaging Student Affairs Staff in Moving Toward a Culture of Evidence
    3. Connecting Assessment and Strategic Planning to Advancing Equity on Campus
    4. Texas A&M University Student Life Studies Standards of Ethical Practice
    5. CAS Statement of Shared Ethical Principles
    6. Equity and Assessment - NILOA
    7. Strategies for Creating an Institutional Culture of Assessment and Planning (video)
  5. Assignment: Baseline Quiz
  6. Lesson 4: Learning and Program Outcomes
    1. Recorded Lesson - Coming soon
    2. Learning Outcomes Worksheet
    3. Assessment Planning Worksheet
    4. Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (2009). CAS learning and development outcomes. In L. A. Dean (Ed.), CAS professional standards for higher education (7th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
    5. Schuh, J. H., & Gansemer-Topf, A. M. (2010, December). The role of student affairs in student learning assessment (NILOA Occasional Paper No. 7). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment. Retrieved from http://www.
    6. Wise, V. (2015). Student affairs programs are our classrooms: Let’s think like teachers.
  7. Lesson 5: Assessment Methods and Data Collection
    1. Recorded Lesson - Coming soon
    2. Student Affairs Assessment Leaders Resource Repository
    3. Video: Focus Groups: An Underutilized Assessment Tool
    4. Make Rubrics a Best Practice at Your Institution
  8. Lesson 6: Analyzing Assessment Results and Research Literacy
    1. Recorded Lesson - Coming Soon
    2. How to Read and Understand a Scientific Paper: A Guide for non-scientists
    3. Understanding Research Studies
    4. Understanding Research: Ten Tips
  9. Assignment: Create and submit Assessment Project Plan using template (email to
  10. Lesson 7: Communicating and Using Assessment Results
    1. Recorded Lesson - Coming soon
    2. Writing Assessment Reports (video) 
    3. Closing the Assessment Loop: Making Informed Decisions
  11. Assignment: Conduct assessment project and present findings to consultant using template (email to

Submit Your Credential Application

Upon completion of all the required tasks, you can apply for the Assessment Credential Certificate.

Application form coming soon...


If you have any questions regarding the requirements of this program, please email our staff at

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